17 June 2009 Optical testing of a parabolic trough solar collector by a null screen with stitching
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Abstract
In this work we report a method for testing a parabolic trough solar collector (PTSC) based on the null screen principles. For surfaces with symmetry of revolution a cylindrical null screen is used, now, for testing the PTSC we use a flat null screen. The design of the null screen with ellipsoidal spots is described; its image, which is formed by reflection on the test surface, becomes an exact square array of circular spots if the surface is perfect. Any departure from this geometry is indicative of defects on the surface. The flat null screen design and the surface evaluation algorithm are presented. Here the surface is tested in sections and the evaluation of the shape of the surface is performed with stitching method. Results of the evaluation for a square PTSC with 1000 mm by side (F/0.49) are shown.
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V, I. Moreno-Oliva, M. Campos-Garcia, F. Granados-Agustin, M. J. Arjona-Pérez, R. Díaz-Uribe, M. Avendaño-Alejo, "Optical testing of a parabolic trough solar collector by a null screen with stitching", Proc. SPIE 7390, Modeling Aspects in Optical Metrology II, 739012 (17 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827829; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.827829
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